BELMOPAN, Belize, Feb 12, CMC – The Minister of state responsible for National Security, Elodio Aragon Jr., has called on citizens to provide information to law enforcement authorities as they probe the murder of a second University of Belize (UB) within a week.
Police said that Dwayne Cummings, a business student and described as an exceptional athlete, was shot during the early hours of Monday, a few days after 19-year-old Masaki Yanai, an engineering student was skilled as he and his father, 53-year-old Takayuki Yani, who runs a Japanese restaurant in Belize City, were unloading their vehicle after going shopping.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, the head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, said the authorities are still seeking to determine a motive for the killing.
“Police have detained two persons. We are looking at several surveillance footages while we continue to look for witnesses. We had also detained several persons where their vehicles were impounded and those vehicles were processed.
“We are in close communication with the family and we have dispatched additional investigators on the ground in order to try and come to a conclusion in relation to this case and bring those responsible to justice,” he added.
Aragon Jr said that that he was certain people had information about the killing and it is important for the community to come and support and let the authorities get that information that can lead to solving the murder.
“There is no information that says that he was involved in some kind of negative things out there. He is not known for that and something like this when it happens in our community to a youthful person with great potential is gunned down, of course it is an outrage.
“Of course it is something that gets to everybody because this is promising young person who loss his life out there. I would want to say a senseless loss of life because nothing can tell us at this point in time in our community as far as I know that he was involved in something negative. So of course these things reach out to us and a representative in Orange Walk East it comes home. To me it is a senseless act and something that I hope that the authorities can find the people who are responsible and bring them to justice,” he added.
In a statement, UB’s President, professor Clement Sankat said that “these senseless killings must stop as it is destroying the fabric of society, especially promising young students”.
Muffles College High School that Cummings had also attended said in a statement that his “‘untimely death is a tragic reminder that as a country we are failing our young people”.